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MAKITA Women Chess Match: Indonesia extends lead in classical games

After two rounds of the Classical games of the MAKITA Women Chess Match being played between Indonesia and France at the Sekolah Catur Utut Adianto in Jakarta, the younger Indonesian girls have taken a 5.5 to 2.5 lead.

Following their first round 3-1 win, it was another win for the Indonesians in second round, this time by 2.5-1.5.

Mathilda Congiu drew first blood for France with a crushing win when Chelsie Monica Shite’s opening gambit fell apart.

Indonesian and French players in group photo

Indonesian and French players in group photo

In form standout Medina Warda Aulia then equalised the score with a comprehensive win over Natacha Benmesbad and soon after Indonesia No. 1 Irine Kharisma Sukandar forced the resignation of Nino Maisuradze in a fine attacking game.

Dewi AA Citra then made a perpetual check against Sophie Millet after being under pressure throughout to get a draw and ensure Indonesia won once again.

Round 2 results:
France – Indonesia 1½:2½
WGM Maisuradze Nino 2315 – WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2359 0 – 1
WIM Benmeshbad Natacha 2273 – WIM Medina Warda Aulia 2315 0 – 1
WIM Congui Mathilde 2223 – WIM Shite Chelsie Monica 2277 1 – 0
IM Milliet Sophie 2405 – WFM Dewi AA Citra 2161 ½ – ½

Round 3 pairings:
WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2359 – WIM Benmeshbad Natacha 2273
WIM Medina Warda Aulia 2315 – WIM Congui Mathilde 2223
WIM Shite Chelsie Monica 2277 – IM Milliet Sophie 2405
WFM Dewi AA Citra 2161 – WGM Maisuradze Nino 2315

Report by Chief Arbiter Peter Long

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